A game ranger of Liuwa Plain National Park in Kalabo district Voster Mweene has been honored with the 2018 African Ranger Award in recognition of his exceptional passion, commitment and dedication demonstrated as a wildlife ranger.
Mweene is among 10 finalists in Africa awarded by Paradise Foundation during the contest.
The African Ranger Award is a prestigious honor that serves to recognize the best of the best within its ranks.
It is given annually to rangers in Africa who make every effort to combat poaching, habitat loss, and the illegal wildlife trade.
The development came to light during commemoration activities held at African Parks office to mark the 2018 World Ranger Day which falls on 31st July.
African Parks disclosed that Mweene is the only Zambian game ranger among 10 African finalists invited to attend the awards’ gala to be held in Cape Town, South Africa, this week.
Field Operations Manager Ian Pollard said Mweene has been drawn from a pool of 50 African nominees earlier in the contest where he was also the only Zambian representative.
Pollard said the nominee was a dedicated conservationist whose mark has been significant in Liuwa Plain National Park.
Mweene said he was humbled to represent Zambia at Paradise Foundation Ranger Awards.
He told ZANIS in an interview that wildlife conservation is a noble cause and therefore calls for dedication to duty towards protecting planet Earth’s wildlife species.
Paradise Foundation is a nonprofit organisation whose mission is to protect nature.
The foundation focuses on three primary goals which are protected areas, nature products and nature education.